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Il Cielo - Sanibel

4.6
1103 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Special Occasion
  • Live Music
  • Romantic


Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Open Tuesday through Sunday 4:30pm until 9pm.

Happy hour daily from 4:30pm until 6:00pm in the Bar / Lounge, includes discounted appetizers and salads. Half priced House wines, Well drinks and select Domestic beer.

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Phone number
(239) 472-5555
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Resort Casual
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Executive chef
Allen Casey, Pastry Chef Melissa Akin
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Donax
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Entertainment
Jazz Pianist Tuesday through Sunday from 7:00pm
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Special events & promotions
IL Cielo is open New Years Eve. (Online reservations are not available for NYE).

Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1103 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.2
value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Celebrating my husband’s birthday, perfect atmosphere & superb culinary experience.

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4.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Food is good, service is great. Suggest you dress for it being cold in the restaurant. Been there several times in the last 3 years and it has always been cold. My wife and I both wore slacks this time. Should have had on a long sleeve top/shirt.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mothers Day. Our waiter Andre was great. Attentive, smart, great advice. Great pianist throughout. We loved it. Grouper with green tomato was a hit. Super mousse dessert.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Andre was terrific, and helped to make our evening wonderful. Great nightly piano music, excellent food and wine. Quiet, with a pleasant ambiance. Is now one of our very favorites.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Perfect event except for having to chase down maître de as no Waiter in sight for condiments such as salt/pepper, butter, jam.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Food is outstanding. Every flavor is perfect. Very comfortable setting.

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Excellent food, professional staff. An excellent experience.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Very nice dining experience. One of the higher end restaurants on the island, but still casual. The gentleman playing piano in the dining room was a nice touch, soft dinner music. Food was solid and service very good.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

The best thing about the ambiance is the piano player, Tues - Sundays! He takes requests & it was nice for my elderly mother as well as adults. The food was delicious - everything! The Caesar salad was slightly overdressed, but I take the blame for not specifying lightly dressed. The waiter was at first hurried, but slowed down to answer questions. The General Manager was having dinner with his family from England, so he probably was nervous.
The GM stopped by to say "Hello" and couldn't have been nicer!
It was a great experience.
PS - if you are traveling alone, you can listen to piano music, and probably eat in the bar. It's a classy place!

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

There was a piano player who was very good.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

First rate food, prepared perfectly. Knowledgeable servers, and an amazing by the glass Barolo.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

This was one of my favorite dining experience in a long time. The food was incredible and the service impeccable! Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Our week in Captiva was capped off with dinner at iL Cielo. The four of us could not have wished for a better evening out.

Comfortable setting, nice atmosphere, great pianist, dinner and drinks were amazing.

This will be one of the few restaurants on our list to see every time we go back.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

My boyfriend and I ended our vacation eating here and we are so glad we did. The service was great, Andre, our server, was attentive and gave wonderful suggestions, and the food was absolutely delicious. I am not a fish eater, but I tried my boyfriend’s fresh catch meal and it was something i would order myself. I got the veggie ravioli and my only complaint was that there weren’t as many raviolis as I had hoped. But, that being said, they were so flavorful, and packed full, that I didn’t mind there only being five or six of them. We got the special butter pecan and donut dessert and it was phenomenal! We had a wonderful experience and will be eating there again, the next time we are in Sanibel.

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2.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Underwhelmed after all the hype. Service and ambiance are very nice but the food was very bland and not very well executed. Disappointed.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Never disappointed! Our favorite dining place on Sanibel!

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Great happy hour. Regular menu selections and quality excellent. Fabulous atmosphere.

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2018

We have dined at Il Cielo several times in the past and have enjoyed it. It did not live up to our expectations this time. One entree the osso bucco (supposed to be a specialty of the house) was dry and virtually tasteless.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

We so enjoyed Scott McDonald on the piano. Our food wasn't as good as the last time we were in.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

First time visiting Il cielo and can't wait for a return visit. Great atmosphere,professional and friendly wait staff, good wine list and our entree's were the best part.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

It’s been a while since we were here. Comfortable formal dining environment. Entrees were excellent. Non rushed meal. A little pricey but so are many of the meals on the island.

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4.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Enjoyed a quality dinner . Good menu choices. Will return and will recommend.

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Perfect Dinner with my family and world class service.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Fabulous, simply fabulous in all aspects of our dining experience. Can't wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Great experience. Will return on next trip

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4.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Girls get away on Sanibel Island.

Dinner celebration was just perfect!!! Delicious foods and fabulous drinks and desserts! The waitstaff was on it every minute. Great presentation.

Beautiful restaurant. Highly recommend it!!!


Boston, MA

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Food and atmosphere was excellent- would highly recommend

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

The food was exceptional as always and the service friendly and very accommodating. Loved it, always a destination while on Sanibel.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

This is where I celebrate all big occasions. The food is creative and beautifully presented, the wine list excellent, wait staff (Jamie) outstanding. The pianist, Scott, recognizes me and plays my favorite piece. We are always greeted warmly by Chuck.

I’ll Cielo is simply fabulous.

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4.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Il Cielo is one of a few more formal restaurants we have found on Sanibel. The food was very good and the piano player was a nice background addition. Service could use just a few tweaks, empty glasses removes, appetizer dishes cleared before entrees are served. The waiter was very forthcoming with recommendations.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

My wife had never been to Sanibel Island and picked Il Cielo out of the blue. It was our wedding anniversary and we wanted a nice meal. We could not have been happier. It is fairly expensive, but we got what we paid for. The food was terrific, service friendly and not overbearing. We were delighted with the experience.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

We celebrated a friends recent wedding and the food and service were excellent. Calamari was exceptional and a must order. All in all an outstanding evening and we will be back!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

This is our go to place for dine dining on the island. We took friends from New York and they absolutely loved it. They raved about the calamari and mussel starter and the steak they each had. I had the tuna which was perfectly cooked. The salted caramel chocolate dessert is amazing....

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Fabulous upscale restaurant for a night on the town celebrating a special occasion.

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Excellent Ambience, Food and Service. Wish we had more time on vacation to go back!

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Our favorite restaurant on Sanibel for two years in a row.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great service and every dish was delicious!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Ate here recently and had a very good meal. Live entertainment and excellent service too.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

We’ve been coming to Sanibel for many, many years and tried Il Cielo a few years back. Back then the service was bad and the food was just ok. We didn’t plan on returning, but decided to give it another try. We sat at the bar and honestly had the BEST food and service we’ve EVER had on Sanibel and we’ve tried every single restaurant on the islands (San/Cap). Bartender was top notch (Matt maybe?). Apps, entree’s and desserts were all outstanding. Our new favorite. We will be back!

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